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The Byzness, 9th August 2015

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It is with great sadness that we pass on the news that Gilbert Dagron died on the fourth of August.


For the Vienna Bibliography for July 2015 (no 1623 see here


FIRB CONFERENCE 2015, Moral Agency and its Constraints: Fate, Determinism and Free Will in the Middle Ages31 August – 2 September 2015 [Lecce, Italy]

See here


A new and expanded version of the Syriac Resources website is now available at its new home address: The site, previously hosted by Dumbarton Oaks, is

now hosted by the University of Oklahoma.


The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) is pleased to announce the publication of four (4) new finding aids. To view the complete PDF finding aids, click on the thumbnail at the top of the following collection-level records in our online inventory, AtoM@DO. You can also check under the “Finding Aids” field for the direct links.



Session at 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, 12-15 May 2016 [Sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA)]

Deadline: September 15, 2015


Armin Bergmeier (Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich)

Andrew Griebeler (University of California, Berkeley)

CFP: Picturing the present: Structuring the medieval beholder’s relation towards time

“What then is time?” asks Augustine, the fourth-century bishop of Hippo, “If no one asks me, I know, but if I wish to explain it, I do not know.”  Although intimately familiar, time eludes simple description. For Augustine, it is a single, ever-moving point of the present distended by the soul forward in anticipation of things to come, and backward through memory and recollection. The centuries following Augustine saw the continued emergence of Christian and medieval approaches to time alongside the concurrent appropriation and adaptation of older pagan models, such as Neoplatonic conceptions of time as a moving image of eternity, or Aristotelian understandings of time according to the change and movement of bodies.

This panel examines the relationship between medieval artworks and their viewers’ conception and experience of the present. Scholars of medieval art have mostly concentrated on imagery depicting the past or the future, in particular, those that express anxiety about the end of time. A wide range of images, however, was particularly concerned with expressing ideas of the present and with depicting the relation between the visible human world and the invisible divine realm. This panel, therefore, emphasizes and explores the medieval viewers’ relationship to the present and their current place in the cosmological system. We invite proposals covering a wide range of media (portable objects, manuscripts, sculpture, wall decorations) from Late Antiquity through the late Middle Ages.

Possible topics might include, but are not limited to the following:

– How images relate to the conceptualization of the historical present

– How artworks structure or organize the experience of time

– How artworks reflect philosophical concepts of the nature of time

– Notions of temporality in depictions of visions and prophecies

– The visibility and visuality of time-keeping instruments and practices

– Medieval conceptions of change in the physical or natural historical present, including seasons, tides, stages of life, and the movement of stars

Please, send your abstracts (500 words maximum), CV with current information, and completed Participant Information Form (available at to the organizers: and



Junior Research Fellowship at Christ’s College, Cambridge:


EGSAMP Summerschool, Moral Agency and its Constraints: Fate, Determinism and Free Will in the Middle Ages, 3 – 5 September 2015, Lecce, Italy

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Matthew Kinloch

DPhil Candidate, History
President, Oxford University Byzantine Society

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